In Pictures: This Week’s Most Futuristic Designs


MV Recyclone

Designed by legendary British designer James Dyson, this barge uses the same cyclone technology as his vacuum cleaners to remove plastic waste from rivers. Acting as a giant hoover, the barge traps floating plastic in nets being pulled behind it before sucking up the plastic for removal and recycling.

Via Fast Co.Exist.



This hotel structure is designed by OVA studio to enable individual units to be added or removed at will, allowing the whole structure to change and evolve according to need. The studio believe it could also be used for branding, with companies sponsoring individual containers.

Via DesignBoom.


Poseidon Undersea Resort

Although there is no confirmed opening date, Fiji-based Poseidon is set to be the first underwater hotel in the world. From your Jules Verne-inspired underwater apartment you will be able to watch dolphins and tropical fish go about their day, fulfilling the dreams of 1960s futurists everywhere.

Image courtesy of Poseidon Resorts.


Renault KWID

Designed for young drivers in India, this concept car from Renault combines modern glam with futuristic technology. Highlights include a white and gold interior with ‘birds nest’ detailing and DeLorean-style doors, as well as a personal drone that takes off from a hatch in the roof to monitor traffic.

Via Curve.


Project Ara

This is Google’s modular smartphone, a concept product that should make its way into mass use by 2015. Different modules containing features such as batteries, processors, cameras and antennas will be attachable using electropermanent magnets, all of which can be styled using 3D printed shells to match existing hardware. This could be the start of a whole new type of gadget.

Via The Next Web.

Round-up: The technology you missed this week

3D printed bears

Stop motion films such as Wallace and Gromit traditionally take months, if not years, to produce and involve painstakingly reworking models into new positions and reshaping them for each individual movement.

Now 3D printing could make the movie making process faster and less stressful by allowing the models to be quickly printed and altered when needed – as these bears show.

Source: 3Ders

Google tried to design a space elevator


Google’s secretive X R&D lab has spoken about the forward-thinking work its been trying to design and complete.

Included in the work has been plans for a space-elevator and taking a hover-board from fiction to reality.

Source: Fast Company

Glow in the dark roads

A 500m stretch of road in the Netherlands has become the first part of roadway to be made to glow in the dark. These areas aim to save energy and also make roads safer for users.

The markings charge during the day and then become visible, releasing a green glow, at night for up to eight hours.

Source: Wired

Artificial blood


Scientists have developed the potential to mass produce artificial blood that has been made in factories.

The blood, which has been made from human stem cells, is set to be tested up until 2017 when it could then be made on an industrial scale to be used in transfusions.

Source: The Telegraph

Google flies higher than Facebook


Google has purchased Titan Aerospace, the drone company that is billed to create solar powered UAVs.

The company was touted to be taken-over by Facebook but Google has managed to pull the rug out from under the social media company’s feet.

Source: Tech Crunch

Image courtesy of Titan Aerospace

 Gesture controlled cars


Jaguar Land Rover has announced that future cars could come with gesture controls to open and close their vehicle’s doors. It has also partnered with Virgin Galactic and could be offering people trips to space in the near future.

The concepts team at the car manufacturer have certainly been busy as this follows the announcement last week that it has been looking at the possibility of installing an augmented reality bonnet onto their vehicles so drivers could see the road beneath them.

Source: Jaguar Land Rover